Yearly archive 2012
The medium and his message (on Erkki Kurenniemi)

The medium and his message (on Erkki Kurenniemi)

In July 2048, an enormous online multimedia exhibition will be launched. The show will recreate the entirety of the life of Finnish scientist-artist-composer Erkki Kurenniemi. This may sound wacky, but the strangeness does not end there.
A composer of this world (on Lotta Wennäkoski)

A composer of this world (on Lotta Wennäkoski)

Prostitutes and jugglers, silent film and poetry. Composer Lotta Wennäkoski boldly tackles social subjects and explores territory between art genres.
From page to stage poetry

From page to stage poetry

The Finnish capital is currently home to a thriving stage poetry scene, thanks to the determined efforts of Helsinki Poetry Connection. The group arranges jam sessions where poetry and music are often combined in unexpected ways.

In between – Editorial from FMQ 4/2012

"Signmark himself insists that what he is making with sign language is music and not, say, visual performance art. Many people commenting on his situation seem to agree. Indeed, this case highlights an interesting semantic distinction: what do we consider music? Regulations concerning royalties are rooted in a traditional conception of what music is and...
Contrasts

Contrasts

"This is one of the most satisfying organ CDs to come my way in a while: leaved through preludes and fugues by Buxtehude and Bach (given performances with plenty of energy and impetus) are four passacaglias (or chaconnes – nearly the same thing) by four of Finland’s leading composers, none of whom is known for...
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Out of Nowhere

Esa-Pekka Salonen: Out of Nowhere

"The music of Esa-Pekka Salonen is like top design. It is controlled, streamlined, intelligent and functional – a pleasure, in other words...
Kalle Kalima & K-18: Out To Lynch

Kalle Kalima & K-18: Out To Lynch

"Kalima’s music contains only few pieces that can be hummed or even memorized. Rather, we are talking of a rich sound palette within an intricate weave of intertwined sounds.
Heikki Laitinen & Kimmo Pohjonen: Murhaballadeja – Murder Ballads

Heikki Laitinen & Kimmo Pohjonen: Murhaballadeja – Murder Ballads

"Laitinen flexes his vocals to varied roles, portraying the whole spectrum of emotions: humour, jealousy, love, sadness, smugness, weakness, cruelty and the feeling of abandonment. As the ballads open a window into humanity, you forget the theme of murder...
Korpiklaani: Manala

Korpiklaani: Manala

"Manala, named after the Finnish word for the underworld, is dependably epic and anthemic, offering a nonstop barrage of the kind of metal that makes men and women, brothers- and sisters-in-arms feel like hoisting their flagons and calling for more ale...
22-PP doing their thing

22-PP doing their thing

Asko, P-K and Espe of 22-Pistepirkko have been playing music together for over 30 years - it's an achievement any band could be proud of. Over these years they've made Finnish alternative rock history and gained a sizable community of fans all over Europe.
Thrice homeless

Thrice homeless

Ernst Mielck, who died at the age of only 21, is regarded as one of the most dazzling prodigies in the history of Finnish music. He was a curious figure, an outsider who nevertheless managed to make waves before his untimely death.
Feeling the music (on John Storgårds)

Feeling the music (on John Storgårds)

Internationally and domestically active conductor, John Storgårds prefers to conduct music composed with both hearts and brains – and does it with exceptional emotion and sincerity.